The Knicks currently have the 9th overall pick in tonight’s NBA Draft. As with anything Knicks, that means there are many story-lines and rumors floating around. Here are some of those items and my thoughts on them and tonight:
Trading up to four… for Mo Bamba?
Ian's report is accurate. The Knicks are reportedly exploring the option of trading up to the #4 spot in the draft, currently owned by Memphis. The Grizzlies have been adamant about shedding Chandler Parsons' contract in any deal. https://t.co/z4Yp0w6hfq
— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) June 20, 2018
I would HATE this move. I want no part of many things in this scenario:
- Mo Bamba
- The Chandler Parsons contract
- Chandler Parsons himself
- Giving up a future first round pick
The only way the Knicks should move up to four is if Luka Doncic is there, which I don’t expect. Having an international triumvirate of KP/Frank/Luka would be bananas fun…
How layered the Knicks pick is at #9
Tonight’s pick and activity will speak volumes on the direction of the Knicks moving forward and their plan. For instance, if they select a point guard, such as Oklahoma’s Trae Young or Alabama’s Collin Sexton, I think it’s fair to make this inference:
- Kyrie to the Knicks isn’t as much of a lock as once thought
Also, the front office, led by Steve Mills and Scott Perry, doesn’t believe in their reclamation projects of Trey Burke and Emmanuel Mudiay as the answer to the position that has escaped the Knicks for so long.
Another piece of the point guard equation is Frank Ntilikina. Its clear the French Prince has a bright future in the league but the question is at what position? My hope is that head coach David Fizdale gives Frank a fair shot to win the job but I fear Mills and Perry might nudge Fizdale to give the lions share of the minutes to Burke and Mudiay. Either way, Frank stays. Make him a lifelong Knick and watch him carve out a solid career that houses multiple NBA All-Defensive teams and a DPOY trophy.
Final Thoughts and Prediction
I don’t see the Knicks taking a PG and that’s the right move. I see them staying at 9 and choosing between Kevin Knox, out of Kentucky, and Mikal Bridges, out of Villanova. Unless Duke’s Wendell Carter falls to them at 9, I believe the Knicks will select Mikal Bridges and go with one of the safest prospects in this draft.